Casa Riemersa
Monday 10 Mar 2014


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Davide of Davide Volpe Architetto researched the synthesis of reason with fantasy, over a long period of time whilst thinking over the form of the location and how to handle its dynamics.

He bought this part of a factory no longer in use, part of the old industrial compound of Fila Sport, which has a particular form that reminds one of the wings of a butterfly in aerial projection. The first task was to re-emerge the North side that has been underground for decades. After this excavation, the façade presented a sort of layering and overlapping of materials that have been carefully kept and preserved. The project is an accurate activity of renewal, more of an archaeological intervention than an architectural one.

The anti-fire tank has been transformed in a swimming pool, the old drain in stone has become a barbecue, the kitchen cupboard has become the wardrobe of Davide's children Nina and Iago. Inside the glass walls with one light, a continuous dialogue is established between the inside and outside through a path articulated by a library 50 metres in length. This is constructed with old building site boards, the origin of a childhood memory that takes as its example the Osvaldo Cavandoli's line during the moment of expectation of the evening Carosello.

The shades of the walls, of the ceiling and the floor are unique in order to form a large and neutral container of objects of art and of everyday life. The light is an essential component, it penetrates and constantly transforms the volumes of the house giving variable sensations. The creative process has not been exempt from conflicts with reality, but the main element has been functionality that cannot be deprived of the sensibility of the creator so as not to take the risk to be simply a construction. This is a house thought and constructed for a peaceful family life, empty of decorations and colours, elements that Davide's children will be able to fulfill in years to come.

Davide Volpe Architetto